San Francisco Giants Broadcaster Mike Krukow Discloses Battle With Muscle Disease
July 23, 2014 at 4:44 AM (PT)
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS broadcaster and former pitcher MIKE KRUKOW has revealed that he is battling a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion-body myositis, reports the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.
KRUKOW, who calls games alongside fellow former GIANTS player DUANE KUIPER for COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA and NBC O&O KNTV (TV) (NBC BAY AREA)/SAN JOSE-SAN FRANCISCO, and with KUIPER, JON MILLER, and DAVE FLEMMING on CUMULUS Sports KNBR-A/SAN FRANCISCO, said that he was given the prognosis eight years ago and that while the disease is not life-threatening, the doctor told him, "You're going to need a cane and then you're going to need a walker ... And eventually you may be that old dude riding around in a scooter."
In the past year, KRUKOW has taken to wearing leg braces for support and using a walking stick; as a result of the disease, he fell coming off the team bus in APRIL in DENVER and tore his rotator cuff. KUIPER has been helping KRUKOW with his bags, saying, "I sat next to him on the plane for 25 years. If I'm not going to carry his bag, who is?"